Wisdom VS Achievement and the Dalai Lama

Wisdom VS Achievement and the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is coming to Boulder, where I live, October 20 and 21. The following is a key paragraph from the announcement: “It’s a long-standing tradition at CU-Boulder to host the world’s best and brightest achievers,” said Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “We all benefit from hearing their stories. In that spirit, we are delighted to welcome and learn from the Dalai Lama.” Slight problem: The Dalai Lama...

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Laughter, Wisdom and Story–Same Thing?

Laughter, Wisdom and Story–Same Thing?

Stories give us wisdom which is better than knowledge and more useful than information. In fact, I’ve come to believe that story is the way we capture wisdom and hold onto it. With that in mind, let me share a few thoughts . . . Truth gives us no comfort in time of trouble and no sense of direction. For that, you need good stories about how others handled hard times. Good stories bend the details but always tell the truth. That’s...

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Family History: 25 Years of Storytelling Wisdom

When I said lots of people think stories are just stories and not always true, I happened to also sneeze. Cherie Karo Schwartz’s comeback was a Yiddish proverb “Sneeze on the truth.” Families, she told me, are like the 33 Chilean miners recently rescued from half a mile underground. To survive, they organized themselves. They designated parts of the mine for sleeping, eating and other purposes. They picked a leader. They...

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Finding Wisdom

I have a friend who got a PhD based on a thesis about wisdom. Where do you find it? Can it be taught? She traveled worldwide, Lapland, Kenya, Japan, deep south of US, etc. asking who was considered wise in varying cultures and then interviewing those people. She was looking for a commonality. What made people wise? What made others call someone wise? No surprise, none of the people she interviewed considered himself/herself wise, not even...

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Truth Better Than Fiction OR Vice Versa?

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” —William James And who isn’t wise enough to gloss over a few things when we tell our stories? Ah, but where is the line between applying a little wisdom and telling a story that never happened? I will confess that I loved the movie Julie and Julia, about Julia Child and a cooking blog by Julie Powell. I liked the idea that the movie was based on real events....

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